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Spring 2011-2012
EEB 350   na, npdf

Vertebrate Tropical Ecology

Margaret C. Crofoot


This field course will address the life history characteristics of tropical vertebrates and the physiological traits that underlie those. Students will learn how tropical life histories differ from those in the temperate zone and will use eco-physiological techniques while conducting experiments and observations at a Smithsonian Institute field station. In particular, students will trap wild vertebrates, conduct baseline behavioral and physiological measurements, attach radio transmitters to individuals and monitor them over time in the forest. Students will then analyze the data and write a scientific manuscript.

Sample reading list:
Caro, T. and Girling, S., Antipredator Defenses in Birds and Mammals

Reading/Writing assignments:
Scientific journal articles (to be handed out).

Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 50%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Open to Juniors Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Enrollment limited to EEB juniors only and they must be enrolled in the Tropical Ecology Program in Panama..

Other information:
Part of spring semester in Panama. Under "Requirements/Grading" section, 20% of course grade is field notes.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40791 S01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
40790 B01 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled